Turkey vs Croatia Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Turkey vs Croatia betting prediction for Tuesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game. Guests from Croatia are keen to maintain their lead at the top of the World Cup qualifying group with a victory against Turkey. Find out more about the clash and read our free betting tips.
H2H History: Turkey vs Croatia
Turkey won only once (on penalties at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals) and drawn five of their eight previous meetings with Croatia, who have three victories in that period. Last fixture between both sides was exactly one year ago – 1:1 draw at the “Maksimir Stadium” in Zagreb.
FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Turkey vs Croatia 05.09.2017
Turkey’s chances of redemption after their devastating UEFA Euro 2016 performance took yet another big blow last Saturday when they lost 2-0 in Ukraine. Thus Turkey remains behind all other Group I competitors when heading into the final three rounds.
The Turks now sit fourth in the group with a three point deficit behind second placed Ukraine and five points between them and group leaders Croatia. The brave team of Iceland is also in that contention as the Nordic side holds the third position with two points more than Turkey. Before their defeat in Kharkiv Turkey were actually looking in good form, with four victories from their last five games and some decent performances. Experienced new boss Mircea Lucescu has also convinced Arda Turan to return in action after retiring from international football following an alleged assault of a reporter. This rounded off a tumultuous year for Barcelona’s player, who was roundly booed by his own supporters at the Euro 2016 finals in France last summer and then left out of the squad for a few months.
Earlier this year Croatia showed some vulnerability with a 1-0 loss in Iceland, and a 3-0 friendly defeat away to Estonia in March. Of course, that happened without some key players but still is a troublesome sign. Ante Cacic’s men are topping the group although they are not doing so convincingly right now. Especially after their last weekend’s encounter with Kosovo (won 1-0), which has been initially postponed (due to a waterlogged pitch in Zagreb) but in fact has been resumed on the day after.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Arda Turan is ready to start on Tuesday night as he replaced Hakan Calhanoglu in the second half against Ukraine. Now Turan can add contribute with more experience and aggression in Turkey’s attack, furthermore, we certainly expect some rotations in the lineup, compared to the squad used in Ukraine. Cenk Tosun will want to retain his starting position on top but Burak Yilmaz served his suspension, so he can be an option. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Cengiz Under looks eager to continue his fledgling international career and he can start on the right wing once more.
Croatia boasts with a world class midfield line where Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, and Marcelo Brozovic are all starters. but unfortunately Ivan Rakitic remained injured in Zagreb. Mario Mandzukic is also doubtful but if he’s fit enough, the Juve’s striker will lead Croatia’s line ahead of newest AC Milan signing Nikola Kalinic.
Turkey vs Croatia Prediction and Betting Tips
The Croats have failed to win 10 of their last 17 games away from home and have lost two of their last three. On the other hand, Turkey are unbeaten in their last 13 home games and have won nine of those, so they will feel quietly confident coming into this match.
When we add fact that Croatia had a difficult challenge on Sunday afternoon and had to travel for a game just two days later, we believe that Turkey won’t lose at home turf in Eskisehir. Our betting suggestion is backing the hosts and we pick the Asian Handicap +0.5 (Double Chance) on Turkey.
Possible Lineups of Turkey and Croatia
Venue: “Yeni Eskisehir Stadyumu”, Eskisehir.
Referee: Viktor Kassai from Hungary.
Turkey: Volkan Babacan – Caner Erkin, Mehmet Topal, Caglar Söyüncü, Sener Özbayrakli – Oguzhan Özyakup, Emre Belözoglu – Arda Turan, Tolga Cigerci, Cengiz Ünder – Burak Yilmaz. (4-2-3-1)
Croatia: Danijel Subasic – Sime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Josip Pivaric – Luka Modric, Milan Badelj – Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Perisic – Nikola Kalinic. (4-2-3-1)